So often we hear, but we don’t listen. We need the Father to teach us to listen. Some of us have learned to listen for the things we want to hear. But that’s not enough for a prophet.
Prophets listen for the Voice. You listen for the relationship. You are driven for nearness with God, so you learn to listen with a whole heart. You become willing to hear what you don’t understand. You learn to feel what you don’t have words for. You learn to embrace mystery in exchange for intimacy.
At times when God is developing you as a prophet, you will feel the need to have all the answers, to always be on, to always have a word. You feel the pressures of a title or a reputation. But if you aren’t careful, you will end up pulling from you own ego more than you pull on the Spirit. And that is when God brings you back around to the root of your call. You have all that you have because you’ve learned to sit at His feet and listen and simply be.
God develops and reinforces an inward drive that prophets carry to become discontent with anything less than maintaining personal intimacy with God. Hearing His whisper is more important than getting information. It’s the connection, the intimacy, the experience with God that matters most.
You don’t listen to hear things that will wow people, or to get information that will elevate your position. It’s not that those things are necessarily wrong, but for the prophet, intimacy with God is more important than what becomes of it. It must be so for us all. Whatever it takes, learn to listen.
Jeremy Caris is the founder and president of Caris Ministries. Since he is called as a prophet and gifted as a teacher, much of his focus involves equipping believers to hear, know, and follow God in their own daily experience. He teaches the foundational truth of the Word with simple clarity, while revealing deep things of the spirit in practical ways. He has the unique ability to demystify the supernatural side of real relationship with a living God and make it an embraceable and accessible reality for all believers. Jeremy has been married to his best friend, Mandy Caris, for eighteen years, and is the proud father of two boys.